You can still have fun while safely celebrating fall and Halloween this year

Hannah McDonnell, Contributing Writer

Halloween this year is bound to be like no other. However, that does not mean that it cannot still be celebrated. There are a ton of things that can be done while still maintaining social distancing and mask-wearing. Even with quarantine in action, spooky season is going to commence. There are a bunch of scary Halloween movies to be watched, bags of candy to be eaten and sour apples to be bobbed. Even simple Halloween decorations around the house are bound to get anyone in the spooky mood.

Healthier Halloween

If you would rather not play into the “unhealthy” side of Halloween with the candy and the bingeing, you could always go for a hike through the color-changing trees, go to an orchard to pick apples or go to a pumpkin patch to find the perfect Jack-o-Lantern. Here is a great list of healthy Halloween snacks that are easy to make to get you inspired. 

Halloween on a Budget

With social distancing, Halloween parties and trick or treating may be a bit difficult but it is still fun to have a costume. Go thrift shopping, then work with what you find or check out Spirit Halloween and buy the scariest costume they have. If you’d rather not go shopping at all, work with what you have at home and make something super funny and clever. For some inspiration on making easy Halloween costumes, see this link.

Halloween Bingeing

For those that are just looking to snuggle up in a fluffy blanket and watch scary movies all night long, the movie list is a long one and most of them can be found on streaming websites like Netflix or Disney+. A Halloween binge party does not even have to include scary or even Halloween themed movies. 

Halloween with People

Of course, there are some of us that feel that these activities won’t be as fun without other people. And those people are right, it is always more fun to celebrate with more people. Some of these activities are socially distanced and mask friendly.

  • There are always corn mazes and haunted houses, just don’t forget your mask when you go.
  • You could go to a socially distanced bonfire
  • A friend can always tag along on a hike or apple/pumpkin picking, and there are a ton of places that let people pick apples and pumpkins for free could be used for baking
  • Bake yummy Halloween goodies, healthy or not. Here’s a list of fun recipes to bake with other people. 
  • Here is a link to Poplar Grove Plantation in Wilmington where you can take a ghost tour and many other fun Halloween activities. 

Halloween is all about change and if this year is anything, it is about change. It is the population’s responsibility to celebrate Halloween in the most “normal” way that they can, however “normal” Halloween can be at least. It is finally time to pull on our sweaters and brew some hot chocolate because the spooky season is upon us.